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Nurturing the next generation is a large task; however, at CalAIMH, we believe that we can build a strong trans-disciplinary community of Infant Mental Health Providers by welcoming you to attend this Inaugural Conference at California State University, Fresno. Centrally located in the heart of California, Fresno offers the ease of travel to many of our conference attendees.

Embracing the diversity of California and our field, CalAIMH has designed the conference with community in mind and would like to welcome, our collective provider community including mental health, early intervention, primary care & nursing, child welfare, early care and education, special education, developmental specialists, caregivers, students, and para-professionals.

Your registration includes conference attendance, continental breakfast, and lunch.

Fri, March 22, 2019
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT


“Nurturing the next generation:  Why we need CalAIMH”

The field of infant/early childhood mental health is built on the importance of supportive relationships as the core of rich and satisfying lives and as seeds for constructing the future.  We champion growth-promoting relationships between parents and babies, between family members, and between families and communities.  This talk will describe the importance of addressing adversity and trauma as urgent dangers to the health of children, families, and society, and highlight the key role of CalAIMH in forging a unified vision that brings shared purpose, momentum and solidarity to our collective efforts on behalf of young children and their families in our culturally rich and diverse state.

  1. Participants will identify the impact of stress and trauma on infants’ neurophysiology, mental health, and cognitive functioning.
  2. Participants will learn about the intergenerational transmission of traumatic as well as benevolent experiences from parent to child.

Dr. Lieberman is the Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Child Trauma Research Program. She is a clinical consultant with the San Francisco Human Services Agency. She is active in major national organizations involved with mental health in infancy and early childhood. She is past-president of the board of directors of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, and on the Professional Advisory Board of the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute. She has served on peer review panels of the National Institute of Mental Health, is on the Board of Trustees of the Irving Harris Foundation, and consults with the Miriam and Peter Haas Foundation on early childhood education for Palestinian-Israeli children. Dr. Lieberman is currently the director of the Early Trauma Treatment Network (ETTN), a collaborative of four university sites that include the UCSF/SFGH Child Trauma Research Program, Boston Medical Center, Louisiana State University Medical Center, and Tulane University. ETTN is funded by the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a 40-site national initiative that has the mission of increasing the access and quality of services for children exposed to trauma in the United States. 

CalAIMH is also offering advanced intensive workshops. Each workshop will be conducted by luminaries in the field of Infant Mental Health and will offer 3 hours of deep content. 

Workshop topics to include: 

“The Power of Our Practice: Addressing Bias and Inequity through Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation”

By Kadija Johnston, LCSW

Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Consultation is burgeoning in California and nationwide. The practice is spreading in part because of its posited positive impact on the racial disproportionalities in preschool expulsions. This session will review the research on racial bias in early care and education and offer the conceptual underpinnings of a proven approach to ECMH Consultation. Based on these foundational premises, the presenter will engage participants in hypothesizing reasons for ECMH Consultation’s salutary effect on bias. The session will conclude with identifying ways in which ECMH Consultation can intentionally and explicitly expand its emphasis on addressing equity.

“The Science and Art of Using Questions in Reflective Supervision, Consultation, and Leadership”

By Mary Claire Heffron, PhD 

Supervisors, consultants, and program leaders have key roles in building relationships, organizations, and systems that strengthen the awareness of self and perspectives of others, deepen reflective functioning, and support the creativity of those involved. These are essential elements in the implementation of quality services and programs with flexible and innovative approaches. This session is meant to build a deeper understanding and additional skill in how to use questions effectively in  supervision, consultation, and leadership activities to promote these critical skills . The session will lay out a framework for the development of meaningful questions designed to promote enhance these staff skills that build deeper understanding and engagement with multiple perspectives. The session will provide opportunities to observe this framework in action and also provide space for participants to consider how they can use this material to further develop and integrate more impactful questions into their practice of supervision, consultation or leadership.

“Raise Your Voice! Advocating for Babies & Families”

By Angela Rothermel
Associate Director, Early Childhood Policy at Children Now

In California, despite a strong state economy, child poverty remains high and safety net resources are spread thin. While we have come a long way in ensuring kids have health coverage, families can still struggle to get services they are entitled to. Babies and families need and deserve better. Although state and federal budget and policy decisions greatly influence your work and the lives of families you serve, it isn’t always easy to know how to influence them back. The good news is there are easy ways to get involved. This workshop will give you the knowledge and skills you need to harness your own experiences and insights to make babies and families a top priority for policymakers.

“Early Development and Trauma: Opportunities and Threats Related to Infancy and Early Childhood – Applying principles of neuroscience to infancy and early childhood”

By Dr. Emily Wang Ph.D., R. Psych.

Using the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) as a framework, this workshop provides a neurobiologically respectful understanding of how to work with children and families in early years by understanding how the brain develops in a typical environment as well as what can happen if the factors necessary for typical development are non-existent and/or disorganized. The NMT, developed by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.,  integrates principles of neuroscience and brain development and identifies areas of the brain that are underdeveloped so that practices that bolster development in those areas can be at the forefront of the child’s development. The first half of this workshop will assist you in understanding your clients by increasing your knowledge of brain development, and the impact that a disorganized environment can have on a child.  The second half of the workshop will provide you with an opportunity to explore and reflect on how this knowledge will impact your practice, providing you with opportunities for small group discussion.

Continuing Education is AVAILABLE

Continuing Education Units will be provided by CalAIMH partners. Register onsite, NO advance Continuing Education Registration.

California Board of Registered Nursing contact hours, and California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists hours are offered for and require completion of evaluations or forms as determined by the specific granting agencies.

The provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to offer 4 contact hours.  CalAIMH members’ Continuing Education fees have been sponsored, the fee for non-members is $10/contact hour.

The provider is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. WestEd maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  WestEd CPEI’s CAMFT continuing education provider number is 135222.  Upon completion of the CalAIMH Conference, WestEd is approved to offer 4 contact hours.  There is no fee for CalAIMH members; the fee for non-members is $10/contact hour.  For further information, contact

Infant Development Association (IDA) CE Provider – Note: Additional CE fees are payable to IDA and paid onsite – not in advance of the conference. CalAIMH Members’ Continuing Education fees are sponsored by CalAIMH. The fee for non-members is $40 for the 4 Continuing Education hours.

California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board – IDA is a provider approved by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, provider #PDP 248. The course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of professional development credits per day for SLPs. (Note: This is not ASHA)

Physical Therapy Board of California – IDA is recognized as an approval agency to provide offering continuing competency courses for Physical Therapists. This course provides 4 continuing competency hours per day.

Occupational Therapy – All that is required is the standard conference certificate of completion provided for any and all conference attendees. No additional sign/in or sign/out requirements or processing fees. A certificate of completion will be provided by CalAIMH.

Continuing Education for additional professional disciplines are still in development. 


Where should I plan on staying if I have to travel from out of town?
  • University Square Hotel (559) 224-4200 4961 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93726
  • Best Western Plus Fresno Inn (559)229-5811 480 E. Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93710
  • Holiday Inn Express Clovis (559)297-0555 650 E. Shaw Ave, Clovis, CA 93612
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email CalAIMH at with questions regarding this event.

What's the refund policy?

CalAIMH currently offers a 30 day refund policy if you are unable to attend this event.


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